The Mercury Prize 2022: Sam Fender, Little Simz and Joy Crookes attend

The Mercury Prize 2022: Nominees Sam Fender, Little Simz and Joy Crookes grace the red carpet (but hot favourite Harry Styles misses out) as they do battle for prestigious award

  •  Sam Fender, Little Simz and Joy Crookes attended The Mercury Prize award ceremony at London’s Eventim Apollo on Thursday. 
  • The musicians will battle it out against Harry Styles, Wet Leg and Self Esteem for the prestigious gong
  • Other nominees include Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler, Fergus McCreadie, Gwenno, Kojey Radical, Nova Twins and Yard Act
  • The show is being broadcast on BBC Four and and BBC Radio 6 Music with all the nominees, expect from Harry Styles who is unable to attend, performing at the event
  • The original ceremony, scheduled for September 8 was rescheduled due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II 

Sam Fender, Little Simz and Joy Crookes graced the red carpet at London’s Eventim Apollo as The Mercury Prize award ceremony got underway on Thursday. 

The musicians will battle it out against Harry Styles, Wet Leg and Self Esteem for the prestigious gong, which recognises the best album of the year.

Other nominees include Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler, Fergus McCreadie, Gwenno, Kojey Radical, Nova Twins and Yard Act, with all the acts set to perform at the event, expect from Harry who is currently on tour. 



Nominees: Sam Fender, Little Simz and Joy Crookes graced the red carpet at London’s Eventim Apollo as The Mercury Prize award ceremony got underway on Thursday

The Mercury Prize, formerly called the Mercury Music Prize, is an annual music prize awarded for the best album released in the UK by a British or Irish act.

Sam, 28, wore a navy bomber jacket with a matching polo neck T-shirt and washed out baggy jeans.  

His second album Seventeen Going Under, which explores his upbringing in North Shields, earned him a nomination for the annual music prize. 

Amazing: The musicians will battle it out for the prestigious gong, which recognises the best album of the year, with Sam’s second album Seventeen Going Under being nominated


Stylish: Little Simz, 28, who is nominated for her album Sometimes I Might be Introvert, put on a chic display in a structured wool blazer and full midi skirt

Little Simz, who is nominated for her album Sometimes I Might be Introvert, put on a chic display in a structured wool blazer and full midi skirt. 

She slipped into a pair of chunky loafers to complete her outfit and piled her hair into a high pony tail. 

Elsewhere, Joy Crookes wowed in a sleek trouser suit complete with a grey tie and black and white loafers. 

Read carpet ready: Elsewhere, Joy Crookes wowed in a sleek trouser suit complete with a grey tie and black and white loafers


Polished: Self Esteem opted for a pair of thigh-high leather boots with an oversized blazer dress while Gwenno wore a figure-hugging jumpsuit with a cape  

Glowing: Gwenno added a pop of colour to her look with a slick of red lipstick

She pulled her hair back into a neat bun and shielded her eyes with a pair of eye-catching square sunglasses. 

The singer has earned a nomination for her debut studio album, Skin, which explores young adulthood and heartbreak. 

Harry’s third solo album, Harry’s House, has been shortlisted for the prestigious music prize, making its top 10 Albums of the Year list. 

Event: The Mercury Prize is an annual music prize awarded for the best album released in the UK by a British or Irish act (Sam Fender and band pictured)

Quirky: Wet Leg are nominated for their self-titled album 

Band: Yard Act earned a nomination for their debut studio album The Overload 

The former One Direction star will be unable to attend the show, due to being on tour in America, a film performance will be shown instead. 

The judging panel – which includes musicians Anna Calvi, Jamie Cullum and Loyle Carner, is chaired by Head of Music for 6 Music and Radio 2, Jeff Smith. 

Jeff said: ‘Getting down to 12 albums this year was not easy, simply because there were so many remarkable ones to choose from.

 Dapper: Kojey Radical wowed in a cherry red suit with a matching velvet turtleneck

Pose: Bernard Butler and Jessie Buckley looked as stylish as ever on the red carpet 

Eye-catching: Georgia South and Amy Love of Nova Twins turned heads in coordinating yellow and black leather ensembles 

‘That serves as proof that British and Irish music thrives during unsettled periods in history, with the albums chosen covering everything from imaginative pop to pioneering rap to Cornish language folk-rock. 

‘We feel that these 12 amazing albums each have something to say artistically and socially, all in their own unique, enriching ways. 

‘Now comes the really hard part… choosing only one overall winner.’

The 2022 Awards Show will feature live performances from many of the shortlisted artists and the evening will culminate in the announcement of the overall winner of the 2022 Mercury Prize with FREE NOW Album of the Year. 

Coming soon: The 2022 Awards Show will feature live performances from many of the shortlisted artists and the evening will culminate in the announcement of the overall winner (The judging panel pictured)

Mercury Prize 2022: Nominations 

The top 10 Albums of the Year:

Fergus McCreadie – Forest Floor

Gwenno – Tresor

Harry Styles – Harry’s House

Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler – For All Our Days That Tear the Heart

Joy Crookes – Skin

Kojey Radical – Reason to Smile

Little Simz – Sometimes I Might be Introvert

Nova Twins – Supernova

Sam Fender – Seventeen Going Under

Self Esteem – Prioritise Pleasure

Wet Leg – Wet Leg

Yard Act – The Overload

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